IPL 2021 retained and released players list – Australian Cricketers biggest loser: The Indian Premier League season 14th has begun on a very bad note for the top Australian cricketers. IPL teams announced their list of released and retained players ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions and as many as nine Australian players were released by their respective franchises on Wednesday. This included the likes of Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch, one of the world’s top batsman Steve Smith and destructive Glenn Maxwell thus making Australia the biggest loser in terms of monetary loss after the released and retention list.
Australians in IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings Released: Shane Watson (retired). Retained: Josh Hazlewood
Delhi Capitals Released: Alex Carey. Retained: Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams (traded to RCB)
Kings XI Punjab Released: Glenn Maxwell.
Kolkata Knight Riders Released: Chris Green. Retained: Pat Cummins
Mumbai Indians Released: Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson. Retained: Chris Lynn.
Rajasthan Royals Released: Steve Smith. Retained: Andrew Tye
Royal Challengers Bangalore Released: Aaron Finch. Retained: Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Released: Billy Stanlake. Retained: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh
It is worth noting that franchises went big on Australian cricketers in the IPL 2020 Auction with Rs 90.75 crore being spent on acquiring or retaining their services.
- Pat Cummins KKR Rs 15.50 cr
- David Warner SRH 12.50 cr
- Steve Smith RR Rs 12.50 cr
- Glenn Maxwell KXIP Rs 10.75 cr
- Nathan Coulter-Nile MI Rs 8 cr
- Marcus Stoinis DC Rs 4.80 cr
- Aaron Finch RCB Rs 4.40 cr
- Shane Watson CSK Rs 4 cr
- Adam Zampa RCB Rs 4 cr
- Alex Carey DC Rs 2.40 cr
- Josh Hazlewood CSK Rs 2 cr
- Mitchell Marsh SRH Rs 2 cr
- Chris Lynn MI Rs 2 cr
- James Pattinson MI Rs 1.5 cr
- Daniel Sams DC Rs 1.5 cr
- Tom Banton KKR Rs 1 cr
- Andrew Tye RR Rs 1 cr
- Billy Stanlake SRH Rs 50 lakh
- Joshua Philippe RCB Rs 20 lakh
- Chris Green KKR Rs 20 lakh
Total sum spent on Australians in IPL 2020 – Rs 90.75 crore
However, after the IPL 2021 retained and released players list, Australia have lost contract worth Rs 43.75 crores as Steve Smith (Rs 12.50 cr), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 10.75 cr), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs 8 cr), Shane Watson (Rs 4 cr), Aaron Finch (Rs 4.4 cr), Alex Carey (Rs 2.40 cr), James Pattinson (Rs 1.5 cr), Billy Stanlake (Rs 50 lakh), Chris Green (Rs 20 Lakh) have been released by their respective franchises.
Notably, Smith, Finch and Maxwell were among the biggest names to be dropped when the franchises submitted their final list of retained and released players on Wednesday, and they will learn their destination for the 2021 tournament at the IPL auction next month.